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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intractable mean? 

INTRACTABLE (adjective)
  The adjective INTRACTABLE has 1 sense:

1. not tractable; difficult to manage or mold

  Familiarity information: INTRACTABLE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INTRACTABLE (adjective)

Sense 1intractable [BACK TO TOP]


Not tractable; difficult to manage or mold

Context examples:

an intractable disposition / intractable pain / the most intractable issue of our era / intractable metal


unmalleable (difficult or impossible to shape or work)

uncontrollable; unmanageable (difficult to solve or alleviate)

refractory; stubborn (not responding to treatment)

balking; balky (stopping short and refusing to go on)


untamed; wild (in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated)

obstinate; stubborn; unregenerate (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

difficult; unmanageable (difficult to manage or control)

defiant; noncompliant (boldly resisting authority or an opposing force)


flexibility; tractability; tractableness (the trait of being easily persuaded)


tractable (easily managed (controlled or taught or molded))

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